The Nato-tip of the spear is meant to serve the deterrence of Russia. Now Germany has taken over their leadership. The military representative of the Federal government, Hans-Peter Bartels (SPD), however, sees problems: He holds the German armed forces for the task is not for the well prepared.

“You will have to improve the whole, difficult to matured complex of the material management is very strong, to be able to this new task really well to cope without neglecting everything else,” said Bartels, the Bavarian radio.

was Necessary “to provide a fully-equipped force on the legs”. Already in 2015, he had found a troop visit, how big the problems are – because the super quick reaction Force was still in the testing phase. The soldiers had handed over to him at the time, “a list with 15,000 individual Parts, which they had borrowed, in order to be completely equipped to be,” said Bartels.

devices are old and weak or had children diseases

Today, the situation is still the same. “This Time, it had to be from all over the Bundeswehr, the Material pulled together” to be fully equipped. It can be useful to nothing, to know where the device was, “but you must have it then, if you should be embarrassed”. Bartels added: “The device that is missing elsewhere.”

The military officer directed the demand to Federal defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU), the German armed forces had to be equipped “now back to one hundred percent, so all associations must have the device, you would need to have on paper actually available”. In fact, however, the reform of 2011 had been driven after the last of the German armed forces stocks to 70 percent, and sometimes far below it. In addition, some of the device was “old and decrepit, the other is new and has teething problems”.

The rapid reaction Force is in a constant state of alert and now consists of around 8000 soldiers. The German army provides approximately 4000 soldiers. Further, around a thousand soldiers from other areas.

About a use would be decided at the political level on the part of the Nato-member countries, then the Bundestag would have to decide on German participation.


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